CLEAN ENERGY: Illinois lawmakers advance a clean energy bill backed by labor groups that includes requiring advance notice of coal plant closures and support for displaced workers. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: An Indiana bill that sought statewide siting standards for utility-scale wind and solar projects dies on the Senate floor. (Indianapolis Star)

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NUCLEAR:
• Two Illinois nuclear plants scheduled to close should get $350 million in ratepayer subsidies over five years to stay open, according to a study commissioned by the Pritzker administration. (WBEZ)
• Advocates continue to build support for keeping open the plants as Illinois lawmakers consider multiple clean energy bills. (WTVO)

OIL & GAS: Plugging hundreds of thousands of oil and gas wells and reclaiming abandoned mining lands in central Appalachia could create thousands of jobs while limiting public health risks, a new report finds. (Ohio Valley Resource)

POWER PLANTS: A startup company looks to build the first zero-emission natural gas plants, including one in Illinois, that capture emissions on site and bury them underground. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES: A decision last week allowing the Dakota Access pipeline to remain open could be a short-lived victory for the project ahead of a federal court ruling expected next month, analysts say. (S&P Global)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: A University of Michigan researcher is among 26 members of a council advising the Biden administration on environmental justice issues. (Bridge Michigan)

SOLAR:
• Tree clearing began this month to prepare roughly two square miles for a 150 MW solar project in central Wisconsin. (WSAW)
• County officials approve 10-year tax incentives for a planned $180 million solar project in western Indiana. (Pharos Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Illinois is on pace to see 83% job growth in electric vehicle-related work by 2024 even without legislative action, according to a new report. (Southern Illinoisan)

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POLICY: A flurry of federal lobbying activity comes as lawmakers consider several proposals for clean energy standards. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• Minnesota officials should pursue market-based approaches to grow electric vehicle adoption rather than adopting California mandates, says the founder of a solar company and treasurer for the Sunrise Movement. (MinnPost)
• Electrifying homes and commercial buildings could lead to significant emission reductions in Missouri, clean energy advocates say. (Missouri Times)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy has been a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News since 2014, following four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. He covers the state of Michigan and also compiles the Midwest Energy News daily email digest. Andy is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, where he focused on topics covered by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and wrote for the Great Lakes Echo. He was the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Edward Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Environmental Journalism at Michigan State.